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COUGAR Spike Black Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower Gaming Case with USB 3.0 and 12CM Cougar Fan

  • Steel / Plastic MicroATX Mini Tower
  • USB3.0 x1 & USB2.0 x1, Mic x1, Audio x1 Front Ports
  • 2 External 5.25" Drive Bays
  • 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
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A great blend of performance and function, the COUGAR Spike MicroATX mini tower case offers an ideal choice for gaming enthusiasts and DIY professionals in a space-saving design, at a price that won't make you wince. Sober design with honeycomb meshes and diamond-cut highlight on front panel would impress you at first sight, while all black coating, from inside out, evokes a sense of high quality. Beyond your expectation from a mini tower, the COUGAR Spike effortlessly takes on high-end graphics card up to 330mm in length. Installation is easy and quick with screw-less mechanisms on 5.25" & 3.5" devices. Complete with front-loading USB 3.0 connectivity and superior thermal performance, the COUGAR Spike delivers everything you need to build your power house, and all the confidence and peace to game hard.

  • newegg Excellent Cooling The COUGAR Spike mini tower case comes equipped with 1x 120mm rear fan and a wealth of air vents on front and side panels for effective system cooling.
  • newegg Easy Installation Screw-less design for 5.25” & HDD devices enables easy and quick installation. Reserved space for 2.5" devices on the bottom paves you way to SSD storage technology.
  • newegg High-End Card Support The COUGAR Spike supports high end graphics card up to 330mm long granting you the capability to build your powerful gaming rig.
  • newegg Front USB 3.0 Connectivity 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 and 2x audio ports on front panel allows easy connection to your webcam, headset, microphone and other peripherals.

Learn more about the COUGAR Spike

Model

Brand
COUGAR
Model
Spike

Spec

Type
MicroATX Mini Tower
Color
Black
Case Material
Steel / Plastic
With Power Supply
No
Power Supply Mounted
Top
Motherboard Compatibility
MicroATX
With Side Panel Window
No

Expansion

External 5.25" Drive Bays
2
External 3.5" Drive Bays
1
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays
2
Internal 2.5" Drive Bays
1 (at bottom cover)
Expansion Slots
4

Front Ports

Front Ports
USB3.0 x1 & USB2.0 x1, Mic x1, Audio x1

Cooling System

80mm Fans
No
120mm Fans
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
Side Air duct
No

Physical Spec

Dimensions
7.09" x 14.57" x 16.73"

Features

Features
The SPIKE delivers availability and expansion capability in a space-saving design to fully complete the gaming mission

Interior black painting.

Advanced USB3.0 port for maximum data transfer speed.

Support for 4 fans: front 80/90/120mm fan x 1; rear 80/120mm fan x 1 ; side 120mm fans x 2.

Rear COUGAR 120mm fan x 1 is pre-installed.

Support for longer high-end graphics card up to 330mm.

Screw-less mechanisms on 5.25" & HDD devices.

Support installing 2.5" HDD/SSD at bottom cover.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • gregory b.
  • 9/12/2014 12:51:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCheap, but surprising.

Pros: Small
Cheap
Not bad looking for budget build
Good quality 120mm fan installed

Cons: Vibrates at times,
fingerprint magnet
Little flimsy

Other Thoughts: I wanted to build a cheap basic pc for 7 year old nephew who wants to surf the internet and play Minecraft, this was ideal, paired it with cheap Haswell cpu and Z97 motherboard and an old 7850 and voila.
Can't go wrong.
I added an extra 120mm fan at the front of the case for better airflow.
The case does have a tendency to buzz a little and I am unsure if this is due to the cheaper build quality, or possibly a cable that I need to reposition.
All in all a nice little pc case for the money.

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  • Stephen P.
  • 9/11/2014 8:15:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing bang for your buck

Pros: Simple clean internal design, Painted inside and out with a decent enameled finish, Solid (not cheap feeling) plastic front bezel.

Cons: I cannot think of one

Other Thoughts: This case has a very simple and clean layout, its firm without being overly heavy, and the plastic components are solid and do not feel cheap. It has a great balance of space and proper airflow without being overly huge. Great lan-party size and look. Well-built and not overly complicated.

I bought this for my son for a budget gaming build, and was expecting a really cheap case but was hoping it would be useable enough for our needs. I was taken by surprise with the quality of this case, and I had missed that it had a USB 3.0 front port as well. Internal layout is good and overall I think this was a great find.

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  • Leonard P.
  • 9/10/2014 10:23:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice Gaming Case

Pros: No tool access is neat, I am not sure it's a pro, I mean if you are building a system, you probably have more than one Phillips screwdrivers laying around. The ventilation is superior. Comes with a 120mm fan in the rear with mounts for the front and side. For a small tower, there is plenty of room and no sharp edges.

Cons: The drive cage doesn't come out makes locking down the other side of drives a bit of a PITA. Not a huge deal though.

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  • Magdiel A.
  • 9/8/2014 9:41:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDEAD USB 3.0 FRONT PANEL

Pros: nice back 120mm fan

Cons: flimsy material.. dead frontal panel USB 3.0.

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  • Miles P.
  • 7/28/2014 8:06:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little case for the money

Pros: Very small footprint, yet still fits a full-sized video card and accepts a normal sized PSU. Makes for a much easier building experience.

Nice simple black facade. My wife thinks the front fan panel looks like a car grill, but whatever.

Accepts two side 120mm fans and another one in the front of the case.

Cons: Not a con per se, because it was to be expected, but be prepared for a tight fit. I added a front-mounted fan after finishing the build and had to take out the hard drive to reach the fan connector that I wanted to plug it into.

Only legitimate con is that the little plastic cap inserts that act in place of screws for holding the drive bays in place are pretty flimsy. They still work fine, but the fall off rather easy (just pop 'em back on) and are definitely not a high quality addition. That being said, meh, it wasn't a big enough deal to drop a star off of.

Other Thoughts: This case regularly goes on sale, either on Newegg or as a mail-in-rebate from Cougar. If you're fine waiting to watch it you can frequently obtain this case for ~$25.

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  • joseph w.
  • 7/25/2014 10:46:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsdoes more than I expected it to

Pros: Small case that offers enough room for pretty much any gpu. was able to toss a 6970 card in one of these with extra room to spare. Great amount of fan slots for cooling. should be able to fit an evo 212 in it, but havent tried yet.

Cons: hard drive placement is a little iffy, but come on now, its a microtower that offers plenty of other great features. put your mobo in before the hard drive. I really dont consider this a con, since this case is so feature filled, and for 35 bucks (at this time) cant complain

Not another con but can only take microATX and there is only 1 board i could find that was am3+ and 8pin cpu for 125w tdp cpus.

Other Thoughts: All in all very pleased with this purchase, Bought this case and made a rig to fit it out with its spaced maxed out, but it seems to be running cooler than my full tower, which i find awesome. If you are looking at doing a microtower build, personally i dont think there is a different case to choose. This case offers max cooling, and looks good to, just sayin'

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  • Jacob R.
  • 7/25/2014 7:02:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Case

Pros: Sturdy well built case. Came with everything you need, your screws, stand offs, etc. Goes great with LED fans.

Cons: None

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  • Aaron E.
  • 7/25/2014 10:07:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPleasantly surprised!

Pros: For only being $35 this case is really nice. I was expecting a lot less quality of a product, but I'm quiet pleased with the quality at such a low price.

Cons: Only has 1 fan, but this particular build isn't being overclocked and doesn't have a discrete gpu so It's really not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: Great case if you're looking for a super cheap, but still good quality microATX case.

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  • TJ M.
  • 7/25/2014 8:51:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBetter than I expected

Pros: It's actually pretty sturdy and I didn't find any sharp edges. This is rare for cases this cheap.

Cons: Put your hard drives in before installing the CPU fan/heatsink, as others have mentioned. The drive cage also interferes with the motherboard's 24-pin power connector, making it difficult but not impossible to connect. Not a huge deal IMO because you only connect it once.

Other Thoughts: It's a very decent case, even considering its price. Good for moderate MicroATX builds.

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  • Griffin M.
  • 7/20/2014 6:32:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsA little flimsy

Pros: An excellent value at this price point especially with front panel USB 3.0. The overall construction is good, but I'm taking off one star because the sheet metal is a rather flimsy.

Mine did not come with the plastic no-tool drive-locks for the 5.25 bays. Don't know if this is a change to this model, or they were simply excluded from my package. I found the 3.5" drive-locks to be more secure than I expected from other reviews, but I still opted not to use them.

Cons: It's cramped quarters, but it is uATX.

Other Thoughts: ASUS A78M-A
Arctic Alpine 64 Pus
AMD A10-5800K
G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
Seagate ST1000DM003
Corsair CS450M PSU

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